Georgia closes Little League pool play with win

sports@macon.comAugust 5, 2013 


Georgia’s Colby Brabston slides under the tag of Florida shortstop Tibur Rivero (9) during Little League Southeastern Regional Tournament play Monday.


WARNER ROBINS -- Georgia closed Pool A play at the Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament on Monday with a 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Florida.

Despite the win over the pool leader, the team from Columbus Northern Little League did not qualify for the semifinal round and will meet West Virginia in a consolation game at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s great,” Georgia manager Randy Morris said of Monday’s win. “These kids have played hard the first two games, and they could have gone either way. I’m still not convinced we’re not one of the best four teams left, but that’s just the way it goes. We didn’t get it done, and there is no one to blame but ourselves.”

Georgia received a dominating, complete-game shutout performance from starter Trent Grantham, who struck out 10 on his way to earning the victory.

“(Grantham) threw everything he had up there,” Morris said. “He just pitched great. He went the whole way with just 70-something pitches over six innings, and you don’t see that very often in Little League. He was just lights out.”

Despite the loss, Florida, represented by Martin County Little League, will advance to Wednesday’s semifinals as the top seed from Pool A.

Florida will face South Nashville Little League of Tennessee, who punched its ticket to the semifinals with a victory over Barboursville, W. Va., in a must-win game for both teams on Monday afternoon.

Tennessee jumped out to an early lead and held on late to earn the 6-4 decision.

Northwoods Little League of Taylors, S.C., also earned a spot in the semifinals during Monday’s action by beating Myers Park Little League of Charlotte, N.C., 13-6.

They will play the only unbeaten team left in the tournament, Tuckahoe American Little League of Henrico, Va., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The Virginians rolled over Alabama 13-3.

Alabama and North Carolina will open consolation play at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Wednesday’s semifinal games (Florida-Tennessee at 2 p.m., Virginia-South Carolina at 6 p.m.) will air on ESPN2, while Friday’s championship is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on ESPN.

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